Nearly 50 people accused of serious offences overseas remain in the UK despite them being priority cases for deportation
Dozens suspected of taking part in genocide, torture and other serious crimes abroad are still living in Britain, it has been revealed.
Nearly 50 people accused of serious offences overseas remain in the UK despite them being priority cases for deportation.
The BBC has learned that those concerned have been given restricted leave to remain in this country following court rulings that they could be harmed if sent home.
Since 2011 only one person subject to the restrictions has been deported back to their country of origin, figures have revealed.
One of the 49 people concerned, who cannot be named, is that of a former deputy commander of the Taliban accused of helping mount attacks in Afghanistan, according to the BBC.
Others are from countries including Sri Lanka, Eritrea and Zimbabwe.
The Home Office, which released the figures following a Freedom of Information Request, says it is "determined that the UK should not become a refuge for war criminals and those who have committed crimes against humanity."
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